Outpatient Diabetes Services
The FMH Diabetes Center's Self-Management Education (DSME) program is designed to assist patients in making the needed behavior changes and to track progress over a full year. The DSME services consist of a 10-hour program provided in a relaxed group setting to facilitate learning and exchange of ideas. All of the classes are taught by dieticians and registered nurses, specializing in the field of diabetes education.
Program content includes:
- Diabetes overview
- Coping and stress management
- Fitness and exercise
- Meal planning and carbohydrate counting
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Oral medications
- Insulin administration and management
- Prevention and treatment of short and long-term complications
All patients receive a free A1c test at baseline, and when they return for three- and 12-month follow-up to monitor their self-management progress.
The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.